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Reasons why some of your favs missed the cut

By Melinda Mawdsley

We knew when we decided to do a 64-movie bracket we would leave out some of your favorite chick flicks.

The genre is so personal, and so big. I mean, Rachel and I didn't agree on how good most of these 64 films were, and we're just two people.

With the final unveiling next week, we have addressed the list of Chick Flick March Madness snubs that you wrote in asking about. Some of you actually crossed off our movies and wrote in your own.

REMINDER: These are our opinions. Our reasons why these movies didn’t make the final cut are subjective, and, potentially, offensive. We just wanted to acknowledge all the notes we received questioning our judgment.

THE TITANIC FACTOR (Chick flicks ineligible because they didn’t meet main criteria: primary story must focus on one couple getting together happily in the end, which is the opposite of "Titanic.")

“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Mama Mia,” “Think like a Man,” “The Jane Austen Book Club,” “Love Actually” and “The Holiday” are ensembles with multiple romantic storylines.

“Legally Blonde” and “Working Girl” are female empowerment movies.

“I Remember Mama” is about a Norweigan immigrant family.

“Somewhere in Time” does not end with the couple happily together in this life.

“An Officer and a Gentleman,” although endearing with an iconic ending, is more about Zack Mayo’s journey to become a man.

“Beaches” is about two female friends.

“The Bridges of Madison County” doesn’t end happily for the movie’s romantic interests.

“Flashdance” and “Footloose” are more memorable for their soundtracks.

“On Golden Pond” is about Chelsea’s strained relationship with her curmudgeon father.

“Notorious” is directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This is more an espionage thriller.

THE JOSIE GROSSIE FACTOR (Chick flicks that were eligible but didn't make it because we either didn't like the films, or the people in them.)

“Eat Pray Love,” which Rachel said was "self-indulgent and narcissistic, but I like the soundtrack.” (FYI, she isn’t a huge fan of Julia Roberts, folks. I kinda had to fight for “Notting Hill.”

“The Wedding Singer” and “There’s Something About Mary.” While funny, these movies aren't endearing romances in our eyes.

“Sabrina.” Rachel saw the one with Harrison Ford and disliked it. I haven’t seen any versions. Sorry.

“Letters to Juliet.”  I took this out after 20 minutes. It drove me nuts.

“A Walk in the Clouds.” I dislike Keanu Reeves. Strongly.

“French Kiss.” This might have made the bracket had Kevin Kline’s character “washed and shaved,” Rachel said.

“Murphy’s Romance” Sally Field falling in love with an older James Garner? No thanks.

We’ll see you next week when the winner is revealed!

Read our Round 1 and Round 2 blog entries.


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